The new Sichuan Arts Factory and Innovation Center in China will upgrade a former factory into a large arts production and innovation center. Architecture firm Urbanlogic drew inspiration from the warehouse typology and the raw quality of industrial materials to create a series of stylish, efficient spaces that foster innovation.
The design has won the Silver Award in the Mixed-Use Category at the annual AAP American Architecture Prize. It attempts to find a common language between a variety of uses. Simple, industrial building materials such as exposed concrete frames and concrete bricks create a neutral backdrop for the production and exhibition spaces, as well as a boutique hotel.
The form of a typical three-nave warehouse was reinterpreted as a continuous, undulating roofscape that has elements which remind of traditional Sichuan-style roofs. As another nod to traditional Chinese architecture, the four courtyards all serve different functions and have individual characters. The biggest courtyard can be used for open-air shows and performances, screenings and host events. It also acts as a buffer zone between the production facilities and the hotel, absorbing dust and noise. Bamboo screens line all four courtyards which resemble the layout of ancient Chinese palaces.